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Windward11 Oct 2012 8:14 p.m. PST

Are the late war canst armor yellow?

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2012 8:25 p.m. PST

sand,if you mean the metal ammunition carrying thingys..

Pizzagrenadier11 Oct 2012 8:31 p.m. PST

Both field grey and dunkelgelb are possible and common late war.

striker811 Oct 2012 9:11 p.m. PST

If your talking about the metal drums and the carrier for the MG'S they would be grey or dunkelsgelb depending on the year made. From what I've learned from guys really knowledgeable on things MG34 and 42 there were never metal ammo cans as we think of in common use. The ammo boxes were all wood and either bare or painted the common color for that time frame in the war. Ammo crates were not painted at any point that I have knowledge of either so they would be natural wood color.

Rudi the german Inactive Member11 Oct 2012 10:24 p.m. PST

As they were recyceld and not repainted i estimete that 70-80 procent of all ammo canister were gray and only the replacments issued after summer 1943 are dunkelgeld. So you can even have different colours per canister in one MG team.


Jemima Fawr Inactive Member12 Oct 2012 1:58 a.m. PST

An awful lot of metal equipment (helmets, ammunition boxes, gas-mask canisters, grenades, MG tripods, etc) was painted 'field-green' (a greyish dark green) in the earlier part of the year. Dark yellow became the standard late-war colour (with or without applied camouflage in red-brown and olive-green).

Rudi the german Inactive Member12 Oct 2012 3:54 a.m. PST


Do not mix the regulations for "kleingeraete" and " grossgeraete":
Kleingeraet: steingrau untill 1943 than new items in dunkelgelb
Kleingeraet was never painted in camo.

Grossgeraet: steingrau untill 1943 than new items in dunkelgeld
From late 1943 is asked the apply a" drei farb tarnung" with yellow or gray as base and two other colours as camo.
From late 1944 was the order issued to paint new items in dunkelgruen! This order was never executed in large numbers… And all colours were used what was in stock.


I can adviese this book were copies of all orderes concering allowed paints for german items are printed.


Yesthatphil12 Oct 2012 4:39 a.m. PST

Good info .. Thanks

So smaller bits of gear would not be camo'd? … and might still be grey when larger items were 'drei farb'?


Martin Rapier12 Oct 2012 8:15 a.m. PST

Although some people did camo their helmets and gas mask tins, even if they weren't supposed to…

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